Devilish Mass Market Paperback – Apr 13 2000
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Setting: Georgian London, 1763
Sensuality Rating: 7
In this continuation of the Malloren saga, Jo Beverley concocts a spicy recipe with two characters who have sworn never to marry. Diana Westmount, Countess of Arradale, refuses to take a meddling husband and lose control of her fortune, her lands, and her life. Bey Malloren, the Marquess of Rothgar, carries a terrible family secret, one that prevents him from ever producing an heir. Thrown together when the king demands Rothgar escort Diana to court, however, the explosive chemistry between them melts their resolve to remain uninvolved. Unable to resist temptation, Bey and Diana's passion threatens their freedom, their very sanity. Coupled with the intricate machinations of George III's court, Bey and Diana must protect each other from themselves and their burgeoning obsession. The New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley creates a fascinating tale of vivid historical detail and stunning sensuality. Readers cannot help but feel the lovers' internal struggles between freedom and happiness. A sure-fire hit! --Alison Trinkle
From Publishers Weekly
Beverley (Secrets of the Night) will delight readers with the fifth installment in her series of historical romance novels centered around the Mallorens, a dashing, aristocratic English family. Bey Malloren, the Marquess of Rothgar (who was introduced previously in the series), finds his match in the forward-thinking, sharpshooting Diana Westmount, Countess of Arradale. The wealthy heroine has voluntarily relinquished a future as wife and mother in order to keep control of her money and fully realize her power and rank in 18th-century Yorkshire. When King George III learns of her desire to take a seat in Parliament, he orders her to London with the intention of forcing her into wedlock with an appropriate suitor. Diana finds a traveling companion and unlikely ally in the powerful "Dark Marquess," and her resolve against family life falters. Though Rothgar is mightily attracted to Diana, he has sworn off marriage for fear of passing the curse of his mother's murderous insanity to his own children. The romantic tug-of-war is set against a lively backdrop of international intrigue, although an assassination subplot plays out unevenly. The love story fails to burn bright with emotion, but the intelligence and large-scale appeal of Beverley's characters ensure a satisfying escape.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Rothgar is one of the most compelling heroes I have ever found, and Diana was clearly, his perfect mate. The story was heart wrenching, deep, dark and passionate, filled with longing and unfulfilled and consuming desire.
I do have some complains, though. Some other reviewers have mentioned this, and I join them in the opinion that the book needed at least one more love scene or at least more kisses and passionate interludes. The court intrigues were interesting, but should not take precedence over the love story.
Another thing is, I'm confused about Bey's age. In previous books it was stablished that he was about 36 (in my Lady Notorious is said that he is 12 years older than 24 year old Cyn, and in Tempting Fortune he is 6 years older than Bryght), by that math, in this book he should be 37 or 38 years old, since almost 2 years have passed since Cyn's story, however, in this book there is a part in which Diana sees a picture of him and Bryght as children, Bryght is a toddler and Bey is a 5 year old boy, therefore, Rothgar could not be more than 4 years older than Bryght. I know this is not a big deal and in no way takes away from the story, but it is a detail I noticed and confused me.
I also struggled a little with the duel scene at the beginning of the book. I really detest violence and killing.Read more ›
Taking Diana Westmount, the Countess of Arradale, to London under the command of the King. Rothgar who has fought demons with the murder of his baby sister by his mother, has controlled himself in the effort to not carry on the insanity bloodlines he believes runs through him. However, he is unable to resist Diana, a strong female character almost unheard of Georgian England at this time.
Diana, the cousin of Rosamunde (Book 4 ï¿½ SECRETS OF THE NIGHT) is introduced in Book 4, while we have known Rothgar from Book 1. He is the force behind the Malloren Family and to read the story that goes with the man finally is great fun.
This book might be classified as an anti-climax in some respects. Now, Jo Beverley is a masterful writer and all her books are outstanding. DEVILISH however was an almost dreaded read. Could this be that the reader places Rothgar on a pedestal like a hovering mother, and disapproves of all matches? Could this be because it seems to signify the end of the Malloren series? Not to worryï¿½Jo Beverley will release WINTER OF FIRE this fall to the relief of many fans Iï¿½m sure.
If you like spicy Georgian-era romances, there is no one who writes these better than Jo Beverley. Strong advisement is to start with Book 1 though, not Book 5.
Long live the Mallorens!
Most recent customer reviews
This was a fantastic, mature, intellegent story. Bey and Diana were a perfect match. It was erotic, sensual, and seductive. Don't miss out on this one. Rothgar is to die for! Read morePublished on June 12 2003
Hmmm... well, I think I have myself built up so much for Rothgar's story that I expected way too much. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by Jojo
Let me just say I am not an avowed fan of romance novels, and this one reinforced my prejudice against them. Read morePublished on March 9 2003 by Banana Squirrel
Rothgar and Diana were a good match, the chemistry between them just fine. It was a well-written plot for two intelligent people. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002
Rothogar's book was not quite what I expected. In the other books he's very dark, compelling, and mysterious. In this book it felt like something was missing. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002
I waited until I had obtained all of the Malloren books before starting the series. Each member of this family (particularly the men) had my heart beating so fast and I just... Read morePublished on March 4 2002 by M. Rondeau
The heroine actually has some power in this Georgian novel, and she wants to keep it -- but if she does, her responsibilities will keep her from the hero. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by booklovermom
Wow this is one great book! Ont that will keep you up all night trying to finish it! Great! One of Beverly's best works! Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2001 by Sahar